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What is the hepatitis C window period?

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Doctors may not be able to detect that you have hepatitis C until weeks after you catch the virus. During this early phase, you may not feel any symptoms and your doctor may not suspect that you have the liver disease. Doctors sometimes describe this early stretch as the incubation period. You may also hear it called the window period for hepatitis C. Your disease may remain in this incubation period for a long time, anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Guide to Comprehensive Hepatitis C Counseling and Testing,” Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for Health Professionals,” “Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Hepatitis C.”

UpToDate.com: “Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of acute hepatitis C virus infection in adults.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Getting Tested for Hepatitis C.” 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 27, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC: “Guide to Comprehensive Hepatitis C Counseling and Testing,” Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for Health Professionals,” “Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Hepatitis C.”

UpToDate.com: “Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of acute hepatitis C virus infection in adults.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Getting Tested for Hepatitis C.” 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 27, 2020

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